Jul 15, 2012

Cherry Lime Ice Pops



Sweet summer cherries with a touch of lime make these sweet popsicles a perfect treat on a hot summer day.


I love the deep red color you get from using real cherries and the flavor is not that artificial cherry taste you get from those imitation flavored pops, it's richer with a more intense cherry taste.

If you plan on making these, I highly recommend buying a cherry pitter, there are so many to choose from on Amazon. Stay cool!

PS- You can find the popsicle molds on Amazon too! I used this mold, with regular popsicle sticks.


Cherry Lime Ice Pops
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:Serving Size: 1 popsicle • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 122 • Fat: 0.2 g • Carbs: 31 g • Fiber: 2.4 g • Protein: 1.3 g • Sugar: 27 g
Sodium: 0.2 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice

Directions:

Stem the cherries and remove the pits.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherries with the water, sugar, and lime juice, and cook until the cherries are very soft and cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.

Puree the cherries and their liquid and put the mixture through a fine sieve.

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.

63 comments :

  1. How do these have that much sodium?

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  2. That and surprised using sugar. Wouldn't Agave syrup be better?

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    1. Studies are now finding that sugar is actually better than agave. I've been purchasing raw sugar.

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    2. What about stevia drops? Could they be used in place of the sugar? And if so, how much would you recommend?

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    3. Agave is also just as bad as sugar for those who suffer from IBS.

      If I was to use Truvia or another stevia packet, I would probably estimate 1 packet per pop. I don't know what the equivalent drop measure would be. I suppose whatever 1 serving is, I would start there.

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  3. Gina, where did you get your ice pop mold? I can't find one anywhere!

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  4. This looks so refreshing! I love lime anything popsicles. thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  5. Mine are in the fresher now. They have such a deep color....beautiful....I actually made ice cubes out of them eat as is or put into a drink if you want....

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  6. These sound awesome. Have marked them to try soon. Great picture.

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  7. oh man... those look so refreshing!!!

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  8. Perfect treat on hot summer days. I bet it taste awesome with fresh cherries.

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  9. Oh YUM! I have 3 lbs of cherries left over from making jam this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I saw a great tip for pitting cherries. Place the cherry on the top of a soda bottle, use a chopstick to punch the pit into the bottle. The cherry, supposedly is ready to go--doesn't even stain your fingers!

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    1. I must be a clutz because my fingers were pretty stained!

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  11. Great popsicle flavor! Will definitely have to try this!

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  12. These look amazing! I definitely need to invest in a popsicle maker AND a cherry pitter!

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  13. You're right about the color! Beautiful!! I'm sure they're pretty delicious too :) I'll be trying these. Thank you!

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  14. Who will not love these ice pops? I love the ingredients with which you made these colourful pops...refreshing!

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  15. If you are going to have to strain the cherries after cooking, couldn't you just cook the whole cherries and strain out the pits along with the skins, etc.?

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    1. I suppose you could if you don't have a cherry pitter. But you have to puree it before putting it through a strainer.

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    2. Also, cherry pits are toxic! you wouldn't want to cook them in case anything leached out into the mixture.

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  16. is there anyway to cut down on the sugar?

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    1. Try using less and see if you like the taste before freezing.

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  17. I love all the ice pop recipes! Also wanted to thank you for the post in May about how to freeze things. We just moved and have an extra freezer, so now I have a plan for all the fruit we are buying on sale: freeze half, make yummy treats with the other!

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  18. These look so yummy. But question on the W.W. points. Fresh fruit is 0 pts. 1/4 cup raw sugar is 5 pts divided by the 4 servings = only 1.25 points per pop since the cherries are 0 and fresh lime juice would be 0 too. That should make this a 1 point snack instead of 3.

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    1. I used recipe builder which gives me 3. If you want to keep the fruit 0, then I guess it would be.

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    2. That's always been the debate at the WW meetings I've been to because the recipe builder factors in the nutritional value of the fruit when calculating the total pts+ value of a recipe. So even though fruit is 0, when you use it in a recipe, you'll end up seeing a higher pts+ value than you were expecting.

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  19. What about using Splenda?

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    1. Sure, if you prefer Splenda, Stevia, etc you can use that instead.

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  20. Cherry limeade is my favorite summer drink. Can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Love love love. I've been a cherry fiend lately too.

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  22. Hi Dara I wanted to know where to get the same ice pop mold you had to make these good looking ice pop
    I like the shape
    Thank you

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  23. Totally saving this - my girls will love them!

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  24. Hello, Gina,
    I have been following your blog for a while, on recommendation of a co-worker. Your recipes are amazing! In fact, the Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore is cooking at home as I type. :) I can't wait to try this one. I, too, am mesmerized by the deep red color you get from making them at home.

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  25. I wonder what types of cherries would work best with these - I'm a ranier cherry fanatic, but they'd lack the color. Oh man, I really want to try these - I even have some silicon ice pop molds just begging to be used.

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  26. Do you think it would be possible to do this with frozen (no sugar added) cherries? thanks, and thanks for all the great recipes, we love them!

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  27. Why not make these with the whole fruit, blended so that you get the benefits of the fiber as well as the juice?

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  28. What if one were to use a sugar/stevia blend?

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  29. i love my popsicle molds. "zoku popsicle maker" they freeze the popsicles right away. you keep the base in the freezer and pour in your stuff and use the reusable sticks. they freeze up in minutes!

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  30. Why do you have to strain the cherries?

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  31. Such delicious and tasty looking pops!! Love those summer cherries!

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  32. I might use Truvia instead of sugar. These look yummy!

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  33. these were so so good. now what to do with all that pulp

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  34. I added a little white wine, and it taste fabulous!! Not skinny but that okay...

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  35. What a great recipe! They are SO cute! :)

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  36. These look great! I will have to try it. Just curious, do you think using the simple syrup from your Frozen Mango, Kiwi, Raspberry Pops would work?

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  37. These popsicles are so simple and so beautiful - and I'm sure they're deliciously refreshing! It's been so hot recently, the cherry and lime pairing sounds marvelous... I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks for creating such amazing food…

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  38. My 11 year old and my husband made these! A favorite combination here. We used his zoku popsicle maker, made 6 before we had to refreeze. A single batch was a perfect for 6! Although next time making a double batch! Delicious! Thanks for posting!

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  39. so, i made these last night. super awesome, but i didnt get very much liquid, is that normal? or did i do something wrong? i had enough for two molds. :(. i have more cherries though, so im making more tonight...

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  40. These are great! In addition to being beautiful, they taste great and the texture is wonderful. Whole family loved them. I had a little left over after filling my popsicle molds so I froze some in a mini ice cube tray and put toothpicks in them. They inserted easily, even when the cubes were totally frozen. They were the cook's own secret treat. Shhhh....don't tell.

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  41. I made these today and found that I also wasn't able to get much liquid when straining the mixture. I decided to just put everything in the popsicle molds. The popsicles were good, but were not that smooth since they had the fiber of the skin.

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    1. Perhaps too much water evaporated, add a little more to the blender, then run it through the sieve

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